What Are Cybersecurity Services?
Cybersecurity refers to a company’s protection against unauthorized or criminal use of electronic data, and cybersecurity services are the overarching processes put in place to achieve this security and protect against common cyber threats.
These common threats that cybersecurity services target can include:
- Malware: Malware — or malicious software — is a program installed into a system to compromise its data’s availability, integrity or confidentiality. Malware programs are discreet but have become one of the biggest external threats facing business networks today.
- Ransomware: Ransomware uses malware to limit access to your own system through encryption and then asks you to pay a “ransom” online to decrypt the system and regain your access.
- Phishing: Cybercriminals use phishing to obtain data by pretending to be a legitimate business representative. They’ll often issue a warning related to your account and ask you for a response with a link to a fake website asking you to provide passwords or other sensitive information.
- Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks: DDoS attacks limit access to a network by overwhelming it with traffic requests to slow website response time. This is often used as a distraction while criminals commit other types of cybercrime.
Cybersecurity targets these and other attacks through a broad array of network security measures designed to protect your data, networks and systems. Some of the many available cybersecurity solutions include:
- Encryption: Data encryption ensures that even if your data is stolen, hackers wouldn’t be able to read it. Encryption is especially important if you often transfer data from one system to another, as it might be stolen during the transfer.
- Data loss prevention: Data is essential in your day-to-day operation, and data loss prevention methods ensure your data is available for your access at all times.
- Access management: Not just anyone in your company should have access to the organization’s sensitive information. Access and identity management ensures data is accessed only on a need-to-know basis and that those obtaining the information are who they say they are.
- Firewalls: Firewalls control the flow of outgoing and incoming network traffic to protect against untrusted networks and potential malicious attacks.
- Anti-virus and anti-malware solutions: Anti-virus and anti-malware software is one of the most fundamental cybersecurity solutions in any computer network. It scans the system for threats and blocks viruses from accessing your devices.
- Web filtering: Web filtering stops employees from accidentally accessing harmful services on the company’s network that could expose the business to a data breach.
- Risk and compliance management: Businesses in many industries need cybersecurity services to meet federal regulations or industry standards. Risk and compliance management provides a dedicated solution for meeting these needs.